California Alcoholic Beverage Control
Here’s a more complete description of California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) license types.
Crime and Justice
PourSafe Data Guide
Standards and Conventions
Crosswalk – standards for normalizing crime data reporting.
We utilize a variety of resources to learn more about issues. Some of these include:
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- Patron Service
- Overarching Issue Analysis
- San Diego Alcohol ALE Proposal – report and proposal for community and industry collaboration
- Alcohol License Policies and Issues in Pacific Beach – Pacific Beach Planning Group, 2011
- Alcohol Related Crime
- Patron Safety
- Retail Outlet Density
- Related Costs Assessment
- Blogs and Media
Business-Community Coalition Models
State and Local Regulation and Enforcement
- Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)
- City of Los Angeles
- County of Los Angeles
Integrated Strategies and Solutions
- Local Venues for Change: Legal Strategies for Healthy Environments
- Instutionalization of a community Action Program Targeting Licensed Premises
- Effects of a community intervention to reduce the serving of alcohol to intoxicated patrons
- Reducing harm in drinking environments- A systematic review of effective approaches
- Outcomes – Change in Nuisance CFS at Outlets (Deemed Approved). Slide set 18 in Problem Prevention Strategies: Motivating Communities and Law Enforcement to Work Together.
- Alternative Transportation
- Place of Last Drink (POLD)Monitoring Place of Last Drink (POLD)
- National Traffic Safety Board – Safety Recommendations – POLD Best practices
- Responsible Beverage Service (RBS)
Land-Use, Permitting and Sustainability Models
- Ventura County Limits - CUPVentura policies include a CUP, a DAO, and also a dedicated police officer to monitor, enforce and work with alcohol-licensed businesses to ensure best business practices. This officer is funded with a sliding-scale fee paid by these businesses. As a result of these policies, Ventura has experienced a 62% drop in arrests at alcohol businesses; a 42% drop in calls for service related to alcohol businesses; and a 31% drop in DUI related crashes.
The Ventura City, CA CUP went a step farther and attached these requirements to at risk alcohol licensees, not necessarily all licensees. Their program also includes a fee component, whereby the licensees pay a sliding scale fee each year to fund the program and an enforcement component including an Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) trained San Diego Police Officer. This officer works with current and new licensees to develop a set of conditions, from a palette of 300 various conditions, that both make the playing rules very clear to the establishment as well as help blend the business into the community environment.
Here are the components of the Ventura Program. Also, here’s a link to the Ventura Police Department’s page on the CUP.
This is the complete kit for the Ventura City Responsible Retailer Program. The kit is delivered in a professionally crafted presentation folder which contains several documents, a window decal and news clipping about the program.
This guide includes the outline for the entire program including the reasoning for regulating alcohol licensees, legal framework and the tools communities have to do this work. The document also includes a model Conditional Use Permit (CUP) ordinance for a city in California – which is very helpful so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Click here for the full document.
This document discusses key findings in the Place of Last Drink studies done by the Ventura County Behavioral health Department’s Alcohol and Drug Prevention Division. The place of last drink is the information captured when people are arrested for impaired driving. It reveals the demographic and other key information about when, where and how much people drank prior to getting arrested.
Click here for the full document.
- Fullerton, California>>Place Fullerton information here<<
- The Pittsburgh, PA South Side Flats ModelLed by Councilmember Bruce Kraus, this is a multi-year effort to build relationships among dozens of stakeholders to improve the nightlife atmosphere in the South Side neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Inviting, Safe and Cohesive Analysis and Recommendations
- Southside Considers Hospitality Zones
- Bar Owners Begin Implementation of Mitigating Initiatives
- Other Cities
- MassachusettsThe Saving Lives program was instituted in Massachusetts during 1987-1993 and included a wide variety of partner-stakeholders conducting a wide variety of interventions. These include everything from communities introducing media campaigns, business information programs, speeding and drunk driving awareness days, speed-watch telephone hotlines, police training, high school peer-led education, Students Against Drunk Driving chapters, college prevention programs, alcohol-free prom nights, beer keg registration, and increased liquor outlet surveillance. “…during the five years that the program was in operation, cities that received the Saving Lives intervention experienced a 25% greater decline in fatal crashes than the rest of Massachusetts. This general statistic reflected a 42% reduction in fatal auto crashes within the experimental communities and a 47% reduction in the number of fatally injured drivers who tested positive for alcohol.”
- Various Community ModelsHere are some communities that have implemented various programs such as a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), Deemed Approved Ordinance (DAO) or a Responsible Beverage Service (RBS):
- Huntington Beach – No drinking games
- Berkeley – DAO, RBS
- Fullerton – CUP
- Garden Grove – CUP
- Oakland – CUP, DAO
- Oxnard – CUP, DAO, RBS
- Rohnert Park – CUP, DAO, RBS
- Santa Rosa – CUP, DAO
- Vallejo – CUP, DAO
- Ventura – CUP, DAO, RBS
City of San Diego Policies
Other Model Policy
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